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Arthur Hartmann, an American of Hungarian descent was a brilliant violinist who attracted
rave reviews throughout his life as soloist and leader of the Hartmann Quartet.
Emotionally exuberant and vital, his miniatures are infused with the specific harmonic and
rhythmic intonations of Hungarian folklore and skilfully exploit the colours of the different
His works were performed by artists of the calibre of Heifetz, Menuhin, Kreisler and
A child prodigy at age 11 he gave recitals in Europe, meeting and charming Sir Charles Hallé, Saint-Saens, Hans Richter, Paderewski, Benjamin Godard and many others.
Hartmann’s sympathetic and subtle transcriptions, particularly of Debussy, won the composer’s approval and are still in circulation today.
A pupil of the legendary virtuoso Eugene Ysaÿe, Hartmann was renowned for his interpretation of Bach’s Chaconne for solo violin.
This is the first recording of any of Hartmann’s Kreisler-like salon miniatures for violin and piano which, like Elgar’s violin miniatures, speak immediately to the listener with their easy tunefulness.
Arthur Hartmann: Valse bluette, "L'amour"
Valse bluette, "L'amour"
Arthur Hartmann: A Negro Croon
A Negro Croon
Arthur Hartmann: Autumn in Hungary
Autumn in Hungary
Arthur Hartmann: Nyiregyhazi emlek
Arthur Hartmann: Rhapsodische Skizze: Szomorusag, "Tristesse"
Rhapsodische Skizze: Szomorusag, "Tristesse"
Arthur Hartmann: Caprice
Arthur Hartmann: Valse
Arthur Hartmann: Danse Grotesque
Arthur Hartmann: Kossuth Lajos
Arthur Hartmann: Bogdan …
Arthur Hartmann: Esprit de Ravioli Polah …, "Souvenir d'une Soiree inoubliable" (Souvenir of An Unforgettable Evening)
Esprit de Ravioli Polah …, "Souvenir d'une Soiree inoubliable" (Souvenir of An Unforgettable Evening)
Arthur Hartmann: Prayer
Arthur Hartmann: La Tzigane (The Gypsy Woman)
La Tzigane (The Gypsy Woman)
Arthur Hartmann: Valse intermezzo, "La Coquette"
Valse intermezzo, "La Coquette"
Arthur Hartmann: Bulgarian Sketch, "Tauga"
Bulgarian Sketch, "Tauga"
Arthur Hartmann: A Cradle Song
A Cradle Song
Claude Debussy: Beau soir (arr. A. Hartmann)
Beau soir (arr. A. Hartmann)
Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 1 (arr. A. Hartmann for violin and piano)
Preludes, Book 1: No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) (arr. A. Hartmann)
Claude Debussy: Ariettes oubliees: No. 2. Il pleure dans mon coeur (arr. A. Hartmann for violin and piano)
Ariette oubliees: No. 2. Il pleure dans mon coeur (arr. A. Hartmann)
Edward MacDowell: Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: No. 1. To a Wild Rose (arr. A. Hartmann)
Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: No. 1. To a Wild Rose (arr. A. Hartmann)
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